Notable Philadelphia: 10/23–10/29


Tuesday 10/23: Penn Book Center presents Crystal Hana Kim, author of If You Leave Me, in conversation with Sara Nović. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Davy Knittle’s semesterly “City Planning Poetics” series at Kelly Writers House will feature architectural and urban historian Brian D. Goldstein and poet Douglas Kearney. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Wednesday 10/24: Kelly Writers House will host “Crafting Compelling Narratives with Audio”, a panel discussion featuring Laura Starecheski, Kathy Tu, and Neela Pathak. Hosted by Alex Lewis. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Penn Book Center will host a reading and discussion featuring David Jackson Ambrose, author of State of the Nation, and Levi Bentley. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Prolit, a new Philadelphia-based magazine dedicated to art and writing about money, work, class, and capitalism, will host an evening of readings featuring Gina Myers, June Gehringer, Ryan Eckes, and Kyle Brown-Watson. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Head to William Way LGBT Community Center for the joint launch of Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s new novel Sketchtasy and Sarah Schulman’s new novel Maggie Terry! 7 p.m. at William Way LGBT Community Center. 

Thursday 10/25: Penn Book Center’s “Indie Press Night” will feature authors from five local publishers presenting fiction and poetry. Readings by Sebastian Agudelo, Andrew Katz, Patrick McNeil, Frances Metzman, and Miriam Seidel. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Milk and Honey’s West Philadelphia location will host “POET Crush”, a reading by Courtney Bambrick, Paul Siegell, and Tamara Oakman of their own work and the work of their poet crushes. Open mic to follow the reading! 6 p.m. at Milk and Honey.

Kailey Tedesco and Brittany Brown present “A Witch’s Craft: Poetry and Panel II”, featuring Angelo Colavita, Faye Chevalier, Rebecca Kokitus, Chris McCreary, Cody Roggio, Savannah Cooper-Ramsey, Victoria Mier, Lexi Spino, and Jaime Fountaine. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

The Wooden Shoe will host a reading by Cindy Crabb, author of the feminist autobiographical zine Doris, from a political memoir in progress, followed by a Q&A. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

The Charmed Instruments series returns with an evening of poetry featuring readings by Kate Colby, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Raena Shirali, and Kim Vodicka. 7:30 p.m. at L’Etage.

Friday 10/26: The Creative Writing MFA at Rutgers-Camden will host their second public reading, featuring YZ Chin, author of Though I Get Home, and Rutgers-Camden MFA Students. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

 Saturday 10/27: Come celebrate the launch of the eighth issue of Bedfellows Magazine at Kismet Cowork in Spring Arts! Featuring readings by Issue 8 contributors Lauren Milici, Ariel Francisco, Amanda Miska, Fae Aspen Gehringer, Ava Wolf, Joanna C. Valente, Nomi Stone, Shevaun Brannigan, Savannah Cooper-Ramsey, Jennie Burd, Kyle Brown-Watson, and Lauren Samblanet. Copies of the magazine will be for sale. 7 p.m. at Kismet Cowork – Spring Arts.

Frank O’Hara’s Last Lover returns with an evening of poetry featuring readings by Melissa DeGezelle, Vanessa Jimenez Gabb, and Daniel Bouchard. Hosted by Jason Mitchell. 7:30 p.m. at Sam’s Morning Glory Diner.

Sunday 10/28: Moonstone Arts will present a poetry reading by Harriet Levin, author of My Oceanography, followed by an open mic. 2 p.m. at Moonstone Arts Center.

Monday 10/29: Head to Kelly Writers House for the recording of a new episode of “LIVE at the Writers House”, featuring writers affiliated with Blue Stoop, including Joshua Demaree, Thomas Devaney, Boston Gordon, Berry Grass, Raena Shirali, and musical guest Joey Sweeney. 7 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s three poems by June Gehringer (Sea Foam Mag, 2017). Enjoy!


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Amy Saul-Zerby is the author of two poetry collections, Paper Flowers Imaginary Birds (Be About It Press, 2017) and Deep Camouflage (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2018). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Rumpus, The Chicago Review of Books, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is the editor of Voicemail Poems and Literary Philly. Find her on Twitter at @amyszzz. More from this author →